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Chapter 24

In my separate writing re that incident, how three British destroyers H.M.S. Saumarez, H.M.S. Volage and...

John Mills: Chapter 23

Two Petty Officers each with a Lanchester sten gun were briefed by Chief Gunnery Instructor to be a shore...

John Mills: Chapter 22

This time, mid September 1945, H.M.S Volage was deployed as escort to the battleship H.M.S. Nelson flying...

John Mills: Chapter 21

Back to dehydrated veg, still a tea urn always swinging by cord from deck head. Monopoly, Uckers, Crown and...

John Mills: Chapter 20

A chit came into our hut summoning me to be part of a guard, of a Petty Officer and another rating, to...

John Mills: Chapter 19

Jock, Eric, Ginger John and myself chose to go to a guest farm at Nottingham Road near Petermarizburgh, a...

John Mills: Chapter 18

A smile on everyone of the ship's company as we unshackle from our buoy in Trincomalee harbour, bound...

John Mills: Chapter 18

A smile on everyone of the ship's company as we unshackle from our buoy in Trincomalee harbour, bound...

John Mills: Chapter 17

A week earlier HMS Volage had been involved with an engagement at the Andaman Isle, Indian Ocean, with a...

John Mills: Chapter 17

A week earlier HMS Volage had been involved with an engagement at the Andaman Isle, Indian Ocean, with a...

John Mills: Chapter 16

The Operation Force 70 were destroyers of the 26 Flotilla — Saumarez, Volage, Rapid — which had...

John Mills: Chapter 15

On another operation with destroyers Saumarez, Rapid plus Volage, we made a reconnaissance around North...

John Mills: Chapter 14

HMS Volage Destroyer 1800 tons entered Colombo Harbour Ceylon in the forenoon, having sailed from Greenock...

John Mills: Chapter 13

First to Colombo entered harbour to tie up to HMS Glasgow; heavy cruiser, a heavy swell at turn of tide...

John Mills: chapter 12b

Sixty years on, I have learnt that Bletchley Park, having broken the German naval codes via Ultra, diverted...

John Mills:Chapter 12a

The duties of a destroyer with the convoy or fleet varied between being out on the horizon away on...

John Mills: Chapter 11

Ourselves, Volage's ships company, stood down from action stations which meant I, along with other crew...

John Mills: Chapter 10

As duty destroyer HMS Volage had been on standby at half hours, steaming notice for the last twelve hours,...

John Mills: chapter 9

Early August, bagpipes ashore special sea duty men, HMS Volage along with other destroyers first out of...

John Mills: Chapter 8

Having cleared the Firth of Forth early morning, H.M.S. Volage, a destroyer, having had a boiler clean at...

John Mills: Chapter 7

Destroyer out of the harbour of Scapa Flow, Flotilla entrance, a controlled asdic sweep for U boats before...

John Mills: Chapter 6

HMS Wizard also on working up trials, with depth charge crews closed, had order to proceed back in to Scapa...

John Mills: Chapter 5

Morning came, Special Duty men piped, anchors weighed, proceeded through Needles Channel, past Portland...

John Mills: Chapter 4

Stamshaw my next posting for gunnery training pre joining HMS Volage a Destroyer, building at Samuel...

John Mills: Chapter 3

Orders were to report to naval duty Petty Officer at Pier Hotel, another lengthy walk with kit P.O....

John Mills: Chapter 2

Joining the Royal Navy on July 23rd 1943 at HMS Collingwood, Fareham, Hants a training camp for ten weeks....

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